Michael M.

Unbroken

The book that I read was Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. This book describes the life story of Louis Zamperini, through his experiences of the Olympics, World War II combat, and numerous Japanese POW camps. After he receives 8th place in the 5000 meter race in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he is drafted into World War II, and chooses to go into the Army Air Corps. But on one May morning, his plane dies and crashes into the Pacific Ocean, leaving him, his friend Phil, and crew member Mac left as the only survivors. However, things got worse, as he and Phil were then found by their enemies, Japan, after 47 days of drifting on the ocean, and dragged into labor camps.  This story chronicles Louis’ toughness during these times, mostly against one extremely cruel camp officer, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, or “The Bird.”

I enjoyed reading this book because it was very inspiring and dramatic. The many turning points and surprises in the book kept me from stopping. It taught me a lot about emotional and physical strength. The fact that Louis survived many different things and experiences that most people have never been exposed to shows how no matter how hopeless success may seem, anything is possible.

I could connect with this book because my grandfather fought in the Korean War, and has told me about his experiences while in the war. I would recommend this book, especially to people who enjoys reading about World War II or anyone who likes history in general.

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